Product/Service - Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV)
- In-Space Transportation
- On-Orbit Servicing
- In-Space Satellite Servicing
- First launch
SpaceLogistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, provides cooperative space logistics and in-orbit satellite servicing to geosynchronous satellite operators using its fleet of commercial servicing vehicles—the Mission Extension Vehicle, the Mission Robotic Vehicle and the Mission Extension Pods.
In February 2020, Mission Extension Vehicle successfully docked with Intelsat 901, marking the first time two commercial satellites have docked and the first time that mission-extension services will be offered to a satellite in the GEO orbit.
SpaceLogistics in 2024 will launch the Mission Robotic Vehicle, a servicing spacecraft equipped with a robotic arm that will install propulsion jet packs on dying satellites. This will be the debut of the company’s Mission Robotic Vehicle, a servicing spacecraft equipped with a robotic arm that will install propulsion jet packs on dying satellites. The first customer for the MRV is Optus, Australia’s largest satellite operator. The mission in 2024 will launch the MRV — a 3,000 kilogram spacecraft — and three MEPs, each about 400 kilograms. The MRV and MEPs will be released from the launch vehicle, independently deploy and raise themselves to a geostationary orbit using solar electric propulsion.